Sesame - Plant
Description for Sesame
Sesame is a flowering plant in the genus Sesamum, also called benne. Numerous wild relatives occur in Africa and a smaller number in India.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Sesamum laciniatum||purple/white||September-December.||4 -7 feet||easy to grow|
Planting and care
Plant sesame in full sunlight spaced 2-3 feet apart to allow healthy development. Once established, sesame can thrive even in high temperatures with little water. Flowers will eventually develop into dozens of elongated seed pods. Seeds are ready to be harvested when these pods turn brown and begin to open.
|Full Sun to Partial Shade||well-drained soil||medium||77Â°F to 80Â°F||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Sesame
- Sesame is best started indoors 4 weeks prior to the last frost of spring. Seeds should be sown in a lightweight potting medium, approximately 1/4" or less beneath the surface of the soil. Keep moist. Seeds can be collected once most of the seed pods have turned green.
Typical uses of Sesame
Special features: The monsoon crop is planted in May and harvested in August, quickly unleashing new supplies into markets
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose
Medicinal use: Unverified information Leaves are antibilious. Seeds are demulcant, diuretic, tonic, muscilaginous and aphrodesiac. Used in male impotence, gonorrhoea, and incontinence.